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Mar 18, 2020

Law Enforcement is More Than Just Boots on the Ground

Elodio Aragon Jr.

Minister of State Elodio Aragon Junior, himself a former ranking police officer, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Ministry of National Security which includes the Belize Police Department.  While additional men and women have been deployed into the streets of the city, more boots on the ground will not solve the issues of crime and violence.  He says that along with increased patrols and deterrents is the need for a systemic approach to focus on the root causes of these social issues.


Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State, National Security

“At this point in time, this state of emergency is to arrest the situation.  But yes, we must come up with a tangible and strategic plan in terms of how we go about dealing with the crime situation because at the end of the day we have to look way down into the medium and long term to get the kind of success that will benefit everybody on a whole.  And how do we go about doing this?  Well yes, we have strategic plans, strategic objectives from the commissioner, but I do think that there’s a greater need to look at things that are truly affecting the whole cause and effect.  One: we have to look at our judiciary.  We must look at law reform in terms of the criminal laws that are out there, things that would help us and our officers in terms of a greater efficiency in prosecution whether it be training or improvement in forensics, etc.  These are the kind of things that we must focus on to help us, I know we have new technologies coming into stream but at the end of the day we must have a plan that will be holistic, not only in terms of asking other ministries to come onboard such as the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture which to a certain extent they are there looking at people who are interacting in interventions and that but I do think that we must look at it from a systemic approach in dealing with the things that will have that long term effect that we need in this country.”

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